January 8th, 2013
Catching Up with Castro's Class
Please check out my technology tab on my classroom website. Under this tab you can find projects the kids are doing in class. They work really hard on them and get so excited when they people are looking at them.
Reading and Writing
In the future the students will create their own "deep" questions and have group discussions on their answers and thoughts.
Reading Goals- Please make sure that your student is reading at home and working towards their reading goal. They should be bringing home their blue folder every night to keep track of the books they read and the strategy they are working on.
Below I am listing what should be completed by Friday depending on the strategy your student is working on.
STP (STOP, THINK, PARAPHRASE)- 10 chapters paraphrased
Making Predictions- week 1 and week 2 filled out completely
Making Inferences- week 1 week 2 filled out completely
Character Mapping- 3 complete character sheets
"Thinking" while reading- week 1 and 2 filled out completely
Stems and Grammar- Our FINAL stems test is on Friday. Students should be studying throughout the week. The test will cover ALL stems they have learned. After stems we begin learning about grammar!
Writing- We are starting our narrative unit this week. Students will be learning how to create a story with descriptive details and a clear order of events. We'll also learn how to add dialogue to our stories!
Timed Quizzes- Today we will be taking our 12's quiz and then we have officially gone through all of the quizzes for 1-12! Starting next week we will have mixed multiplication quizzes. If a student gets an A on a mixed quiz I let them skip the following week's quiz.
Science and Social Studies
Social Studies- This week we started our Revolutionary War unit. This unit is VERY exciting and interesting to the students, but also has a lot of information to cover. I recommend reviewing notes with your child at home whenever you have a chance. Their notes are in the SC History section of their expandable or you can look through the Social Studies book.
Time Travelers- Last Friday we had our TIME TRAVELERS day where the students traveled back in time to the Revolutionary War days. Each third grade teacher taught a different aspect of the Revolutionary War and the students rotated between classrooms. Ask your child about the different costumes and activities and check out the pictures below!
EXTRA CREDIT OPPORTUNITY: I have given the students an extra credit opportunity for Social Studies. They have 3 worksheets that can be completed and turned in for an extra quiz grade. The sheets are due Monday.
Hour of Code
Students participated in National Hour of Code. They did an entire hour of computer programming in the computer lab. We had a great time!
Hour of Code
Hour of Code
Dates to Remember...
January 20th- MLK Jr. Day, No School
January 21st- Student Holiday
January 24th- Report Cards go Home